Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat normally and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium (integration), creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants and implant supported teeth are the premier choice for restoring areas that have suffered tooth loss. Dental implants act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually integrating (bonding) with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your implant specialist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, our Doctors will begin making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is a choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by our Doctors and by an implant placement specialist (Periodontist or Oral Surgeon) recommended by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success. With implant restorations, our patients are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh.